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Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises

The hype is real, folks. The hype is real. I'm not gonna lie: some reviews we choose are strategic. We see a band about to pop, and we hope that by doing a review their fanbase will take notice of Tuned Up. That's the case with Pale Waves. Yet, at the same time—this album is so thoroughly enjoyable ...

Scandinavia and Beyond [single reviews]

KitFai - "Rush of Fear": From time to time I find myself questioning why songs from a certain region all seem to have a certain sound. In few places is this phenomenon as pronounced as it is in Scandanavia. KitFai wowed me at Audiofeed Festival with their loud, atmospheric rock anchored by pop ...

Boston Manor – Welcome to the Neighborhood

I've always been a sucker for epic sounding music, no matter what the genre is. In high school, this manifested itself in several RadioU bands. I'll never forget the feeling I had sitting on my bedroom floor, listening to Thousand Foot Krutch's "Bounce" on the X2003 compilation CD. As a fourteen year ...

how to win plays and influence listeners [single reviews]

The Orphan, The Poet - "Money": This is the single that will confuse long time TOTP fans yet possibly win them the most new fans yet. If "Still Buzzin" was the bridge between the old and the new TOTP sound, "Money" is the leap of faith into their newfound a identity. The hook is straightforward but ...

Thrice – Palms

Words: Ryan Getz For a record with a title like Palms, it sure starts out in a dark direction. Palms evoke images of sunshine, tropical climate, and even Palm Sunday in the Bible. Perhaps the latter is the point—behind all the fanfare of Christ's entry into Jerusalem, He bore the knowledge that ...

THE WLDLFE Is Not Worried Anymore, And Here’s Why

Anyone acquainted with the blog and my work likely knows about THE WLDLFE. I have reviewed two of their albums (I guess we should change that number to three now), featured their singles on numerous separate occasions, and consistently endorsed them when questioned for a notable local artist out of ...

Neil and Liam Finn – Lightsleeper

 Review by Tracy Coakley  Neil Finn's music has often slipped under the radar in the US (although many people would recognize the Crowded House hit “Don't Dream It's Over”). He has been an incredibly prolific musician since he got his start in Split Enz in the late 1970s through the mid-80s, ...